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Old 06-01-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Propane Detector Replacement

I haven't touched my propane detector since I bought my trailer new in the fall of 2003. Like other detectors I assume that it has a fixed life and probably needs replacement. In the mean time I have also bought a generator for emergency power and probably should consider putting in a CO detector also (even though the generator will sit outside the trailer). Obviously a separate CO detector that is battery powered (replaceable) would be cheaper to add than to buy a new CO/Propane detector that runs off of 12 volt power. Have any of you made this upgrade and if you have a combined unit what kind did you buy? I know these things are pricey over at Camping World.

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I bought this from Home Depot (have not used it yet):

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Kidde-Plug-...A&gclsrc=aw.ds

It's CO, propane, and natural gas detector. Works on AC power and 9 volt battery.
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I'd hesitate before buying a propane gas detector that runs on AC. Often, these detectors require about 1 W or more of power for the sensor to operate correctly - which is why they are typically connected to either AC or a 12 V source. The battery backup probably won't allow the device to run much more than a few hours and if you're not connected to AC or there's an AC failure, you may not have protection.

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I'd hesitate before buying a propane gas detector that runs on AC. Often, these detectors require about 1 W or more of power for the sensor to operate correctly - which is why they are typically connected to either AC or a 12 V source. The battery backup probably won't allow the device to run much more than a few hours and if you're not connected to AC or there's an AC failure, you may not have protection.

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The detector should beep when the battery is low. Still, as you mention, I think a detector connected to 12V battery source would be a better choice.
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